Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Arsene Wenger as “an absolute legend” at a special tribute night for the former Arsenal boss.
The pair crossed swords several times during their careers as they dominated English football in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
But addressing his old adversary via video at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner, Ferguson said: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.
“I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”
Wenger was named a ‘Legend of Football’ at the event which celebrated his career, with the Frenchman enjoying a 21-year tenure with the Gunners, guiding them to three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and seven Community Shields.